NCC staff get into the spirit of giving this holiday season
For many families; children and their parents, this time of year may be hard, stressful or simply go by unnoticed due to more pressing problems.
During the festive seasons, it is important to remember that there are many vulnerable communities that do not have national organisations or people who are dedicated to them, but that still need help or a little gift.
Every year there are organisations that come together where possible, to give back to the less privileged communities such as people in care homes, children in hospitals, children in orphanages just to name a few.
This year was no exception, the children of the three foyers – Foyer de la Providence, Foyer de Nazareth, Foyer de la Solitude and the President’s Village were given a taste of the holiday seasons in various different ways, whether it was through a small gift from a secret Santa, an experience or donations from a kindhearted soul; our kids and their caretakers were well treated.
Today, as we wrap up the year, we take a look back at the different acts of kindness shown towards our children this festive season but we also wish to show gratitude towards everyone who came together to give them a memorable Christmas and New Year.
As is the case every year for the children in homes, they were hosted by the President of the Republic, Danny Faure for a dinner at the State House where they were also given presents but beforehand, everyone was invited to the yearly Christmas Carols and Nativity play at the International Conference Centre.
Various organisations also donated to good causes through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) such as Skychef Servair that recently donated to the kids and brought goody baskets to and presented them over to representatives of the four homes.
This year at the President’s Village, we decided to turn things around a bit for the kids. The staff of the National Council for Children came together two days before Christmas to also give gifts to the kids as secret Santas - a new found tradition that we hope to keep alive and going for years to come.
The kids loved the show the staff put on as the day was merely dedicated to them.
Last but not least, we are also proud of our little singers from ‘Hope Choir’ who have left quite an impression on everyone this holiday season.
They got invited to chant in every corner of the island, they were still singing to crowds up until Christmas Eve where they blessed a few work places with their performances with the last one being at the Hilton hotels.